Can I create a network without a hub/switch or router? I mean, 3 PC and 3 net cards.

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Starriol, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. Starriol

    Starriol Guest

    The situation is this: I have a PC with cable modem connected via a
    long inverted or crossed over, I don't know how this UTP cable layout
    is called, it's when both endings are different and you use them to
    connect 2 PC. Anyway, this cable goes to my moms PC and she enjoys
    Internet thanks to my connection.

    I'm going to add a 3rd, slower computer, to use as a always on server,
    so the cable modem is going there, as is the other network card in
    which the modem connects.
    So my question is, if I add a 3rd network card to this server PC, can I
    use 2 inverted cables to connect to the other 2 clients PC?
    The server is gonna be windows 98 SE, one PC is win 98 SE too and mine,
    the best, is XP. I do this because I don't wanna keep mine always on,
    so please, don't try to convince me to use the best as a server... ITS
    A NOOO :p

    The idea behind this is to save me from paying the HUB.
    Please, don't tell me they are not THAT expensive. I rather save the
    money for something else.
    Any ideas about how to do this, greatly appreciated.
    Starriol, Feb 8, 2006
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    daytripper Guest

    If you put just a wee bit of effort out I bet you could find a brand new
    wireless router for free or nearly so (rebates included). That would solve all
    of your problems much more rationally.

    Beyond that, I doubt you can run two instances of ICS on any Win98/ME system,
    so putting yet another nic in your always-on system is not likely to give you
    the configuration you want. In fact I'm not sure that NT/2K/XP workstation
    versions are any more capable in that regard. None of them are true servers,
    after all.

    Perhaps if you can find a proxy server application that can handle multiple
    host nics you'd be cooking. But that'd likely cost more than a (what I still
    bet could be had for free) router...
    daytripper, Feb 8, 2006
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